Even very fit, athletic dogs can suffer heat-related illnesses during the sizzling days of summer.
Dogs with compromised health are at even greater risk.
Common sense strategies to protect your pup during a heat wave:
- Keep him inside during the hottest part of the day
- Scale back vigorous outdoor exercise
- Never leave your dog in a parked car on a hot day, not even for a minute
If you see an animal left in someone else's parked car in the heat, notify a store employee right away.
If the pet's owner isn't located immediately, call animal control or the police. A dog can suffer permanent damage or death in a very short time when left in a parked vehicle on a hot day.